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  • n. The quality of being dumpy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being dumpy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a short and stout physique


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  • While Clowes's art is essentially realistic, he seems to have deliberately emphasized the round-faced dumpiness of Wilson, Pippi and their daughter, Claire.

    Daniel Clowes's new graphic novel "Wilson," reviewed by Michael Dirda

  • On this face and that wall, bullet holes decorated the next layer, of dumpiness and squarishness, prettied up on the front with plaster and with bright, childish advertising on the side.

    China Miévilling

  • However, in addition to judgments of beauty and ugliness, the contemporary notion of an aesthetic judgment is typically used to characterize a class of judgments that also includes judgments of daintiness, dumpiness, delicacy and elegance.

    Aesthetic Judgment

  • The present strategy is to use this Kantian account in order to ground a wider category of the aesthetic, which includes judgments of taste along with judgments of daintiness, dumpiness, delicacy, elegance, and the rest.

    Aesthetic Judgment

  • I have no doubt that she longed to rush out, fling herself at my feet, and pray me to forgive her and reconsider my verdict of dumpiness and vulgarity.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 47, September, 1861

  • He aimed well, and grabbed it, but only to feel the delicious downiness and dumpiness slipping through his fingers as he fell upon his face.


  • There were dozens of girls with nineteen-inch waists, before whom I felt myself a monster of dumpiness.

    The Golden Calf

  • Mrs. Wendover was a dumpy little woman, who had brought dumpiness and a handsome fortune into the family.

    The Golden Calf

  • Comfortable yes, but the problem with capris is they cut you off at the calf and that adds a certain dumpiness to this ubiquitous day wear. dumpy

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : News

  • There'd be a dumpiness to them but they'd definitely make more sense.



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